The quickest way to a happy and healthy smile is to prevent problems from ever occurring in the first place. The exceptional dental hygienists at Horizon Dental offer the best in preventive care, helping patients optimize their oral health with professional cleanings and informative lessons for practicing good at-home care. Get your smile sparkling today by scheduling an appointment with a hygienist at one of Horizon Dental’s three offices in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida. You can book your visit by phone or online.
A dental hygienist is a dental professional who helps your dentist diagnose, treat, and maintain your smile and oral health. They’re frequently the first person you see when you come in for your visit and will be there for the majority of the time you spend with your dentist.
Dental hygienists are responsible for a number of duties, including:
Your dental hygienist conducts a preliminary screening of your teeth and gums when you come in for an appointment, ensuring that every nook and cranny of your mouth is examined and healthy. A hygienist will take measurements of your gums to ensure that you’re not developing gum disease, and report any findings or suspicious areas to your dentist for further assessment.
Your dental hygienist is the one who will be administering your routine teeth cleanings, eliminating the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth to help you fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition to assisting your dentist with certain surgical tasks like administering anesthesia and removing sutures, your dental hygienists might also administer preventive treatments, such as applying sealants and fluoride to protect your teeth from decay.
Brushing and flossing are the two most important tools you have in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Your dental hygienist educates you in proper at-home care to help prevent the need for more serious procedures like gum disease treatment and root canals.
Your hygienist is also responsible for taking X-rays if your dentist wants a more detailed look at your teeth or before performing a root canal. And if you’re getting any procedures that require impressions, like crowns, bridges, or dentures, your hygienist will typically be the one making your mold.
In order to provide you with high-quality care and treatments, dental hygienists undergo rigorous and extensive training.
They’re required to have at least an associate’s degree from a CODA-approved institution, but many have bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They also have to pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and renew their license every one to three years to ensure that they’re up-to-date on various hygiene procedures, anesthesia, and restorative techniques.
To learn more about how the incredible dental hygienists at Horizon Dental keep your smile happy and healthy, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking online.